Shirley Ann Keck, 90, of North Platte went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 at Great Plains Health with her family by her side. She joined the love of her life William C. Keck “Bill Sr.” on his birthday, as well as their son Eddie. Shirley was born on Feb. 1, 1927 in Manning, Iowa to Herbert L. and Francis (Lukegord) Blair.
She moved with her family to Grand Island in 1943. She attended various schools in Iowa and Nebraska. She met William C. Keck Sr. in Grand Island and they were married on Valentine’s Day 1944 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. They were married for 54 years, until Bill Sr. passed away in 1998.
To their union 10 children were born, Bill “Butch” Jr., Bonnie, Allan, Steve, Kathy, Kenny, Keven, Dorothy, Ed, and Dick.
She was the light of her family’s life. She was always there for her children, cooking, cleaning, hugging, and made raising 10 children look like it was the simplest thing in the world. All she needed was a 10 minute nap and she was back running circles around her kids and eventually her grandkids.
In addition to her own children, she was dearly loved and known as “mom” to many of her children’s friends.
Shirley had endless energy, not only caring for her family, but also working full time as a waitress at The Liederkranz Private Club in Grand Island and part time at the Motel 6 at the front desk where she enjoyed meeting many people. Together she and Bill Sr. owned Neimono’s Costume Shop in their home, renting costumes all over the country and making memories with their Halloween decorations and pumpkins.
She was a member of the Eagle’s Women’s Auxiliary Club, American Veteran’s Club and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Rosary Group.
She prayed the Rosary daily. She and her good friend, the late Phyllis Wilkens, volunteered at elementary schools sharing knowledge on the history of the American Flag. She also volunteered at the Bargain Bin where she enjoyed the relationships she developed there.
She was available to attend and be involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and sports.
She was a true friend to all, thinking of others above herself. They say “Angels walk among us” and anyone who knew Shirley knew that to be true.
Shirley is survived by her children, Butch “Bill” Jr. of Omaha, Bonnie Jo Tilford, Steve (Cindy), Kathy Buck, Kenny (Teresa), Keven (Alice), Dorothy (Hubert Sorrells) Savory, all of North Platte, Allan of Grand Island, and Dick (Kristi) of Kearney; a large combination of 92 grandchildren including great and great-great grandchildren, with 3 on the way; brothers Bonard Blair of Grand Island and Bob Blair of Lincoln; sisters-in-law, Joy Robertson of Grand Island and Patty Knutson of Omaha; beloved dog Sweetie; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Edward “Eddie”; infant granddaughters, Abigail Dobesh and Lillian “Lilly” Merksick; grandson, Billy Huckins; granddaughter, Tier Petty; sister, Betty Rehder; and brother, Richard Blair.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 6 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Rev. Josh Brown as celebrant. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment Fund or North Platte Meals on Wheels and online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.